The Emotional Intelligence, Personality Typologies, Sexual Dysfunctions and Live Histories of Adult Sex Offender: A Multicultural Approach

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the contribution of emotional intelligence, criminal personality typologies, and sexual dysfunctions amongst adult sex offenders incarcerated in a Malaysian prison and also a Malaysian juvenile detention centre. This study is aimed to study the interrelationship between the aforementioned variables and sexual offending behaviour, the characteristics of the variable and the types of crime committed, and also to ascertain the early indicators of sexual offending behaviour (SOB). A total 11 adult sex offenders sample were chosen to participate in this study by using stratified random sampling method. The level of emotional intelligence (empathy, self esteem and self regulation as its subscale) were measured using the Multi Dimensional Emotional Empathy Scale (developed by Mayer et al, 1998), Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale - Adult (Rosenberg, 1965), and Self Regulation Questionnaire (Brown et al, 1991). The criminal personality typologies were measured by using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale –Extended Forensic Version (developed by UCLA Department of Psychiatry). Meanwhile the sexual dysfunctions were measured using the Sexual Histories Disclosure Tool (developed by American Polygraph Association and Wisconsin Correctional Facilities). The Spearman Correlation model was administered to analyze the interrelationship between the variables. As for the adult sample, the interrelationship between emotional intelligence and personality typologies resulted in no correlations, in contrast of many other research findings in the Western population. The interrelationship between emotional intelligence and sexual dysfunctions resulted in significant interrelationships. Meanwhile, the interrelationship between sexual dysfunctions and criminal personality typologies resulted in a positive significance. The Mann Whitney U Test and Kruskal Wallis test used to determine the difference of the characteristics of the variables and the types of crime committed resulted in no significance except for the sexual orientation (adolescent sample only), contrasting many previous research. The early predictors of sexual offending among the sample were identified using the VVic’s Historical List (developed by Vigneswaran, 2003). A multicultural approach has been adopted to explicate the research variables.


Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Personality, Sexual Dysfunction, Sex Offenders, Multicultural
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Vigneswaran Veeramuthu

Lecturer, Department of Foundation Studies,
Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

Lecturer by profession, trained in Educational Psychology and Criminology. Area of research/academic interests are sex offending behaviour, organized crime, psychological profiling and adolescent deliquence. The following are my experiences and credentials: Free Paper Presenter at the Malaysian 6th Mental Health Convention 2007, : The Contributions of EQ, Personality Typologies and Sexual Dysfunctions Among Adolescent Sex Offenders in a Juvenile Detention Centre in Malaysia, Paper presenter at the World Criminology Congress 2005, Philadelphia, USA: Relationship between psychological factors and organizational criminology: The Malaysia Case Studies, Attended a Forensic Psychiatry Workshop by Prof. A. Mullen of Australia 2005 and Mission Works in Instanbul, Turkey 2007. Conducted a a workshop for school counselors:Dealing with Problematic Students: A Psycho-Criminological Approach 2006, trained in Qualitative Criminology and Data Mining on Terrorism and Crime, USA 2005.

Dr. Rozeyta Omar

Head of Human Resource Department, Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Skudai, Johor, Malaysia


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